I am currently an assistant professor in the department of Human Development and Family Studies and in the Public Health Graduate Program at Purdue University.  I completed an IES post-doctoral fellow (2015-2017) at the University of California, Irvine in the School of Education, where I work on a NIH-funded P01 project: Human Capital Interventions across Childhood and Adolescence under the mentorship of Drs. Greg Duncan and Deborah Lowe Vandell.  I received a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies and a MPH (biostatistics track) from Oregon State University in 2015.  I received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2009, with a minor in Education.

My research is focused on understanding the connections between children’s executive function, social-emotional skills, fine/gross motor skills, and academic achievement.  I am particularly interested in the role that education interventions and policies can play in fostering development in order to reduce academic, health, and economic inequalities.  

Analytical Skills: generalized linear modeling, multilevel and longitudinal modeling, mixture modeling, structural equation modeling, Item Response Theory, nonparametric data analysis, person-centered analyses, econometrics

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